Amy Marie FONTAINE
Amy Marie Fontaine November 6, 1938 – October 19, 2023
Amy Marie Fontaine (nee Beaton) was born on November 6, 1938 in High River, AB. Amy was raised on a farm with her parents Leonard and Edna Beaton plus her siblings Roy, Fay, Glen, and Dan. Amy always loved horses and would spend many hours riding them after school.
After graduating high school Amy moved to Edmonton and attended the University of Alberta where she obtained her diploma in teaching. After university she moved with her roommate to Rycroft in northern Alberta where she started her teaching career.
While at a wedding dance Amy met Harvey Fontaine and it was love at first sight for both of them. They dated for 4 months then on Valentine’s Day Harvey asked Amy to marry him. On August 5, 1959 they were married in the United Church in Cayley, AB. The two quickly started their married life by purchasing a home in Rycroft then starting their family. They had three children; Roger, Terry and Patty, before moving to a farm outside of Sexsmith in 1968. Amy always wanted to live and raise a family on a farm and, of course, have horses. In 1975 they bought a quarter section of land in Webster county and moved the family there to raise horses plus a few other animals. In 1977 Amy gathered the family and, with their support, she started Slip-In Ceramics. This business was very successful and she ran it for over 10 years but she sold the business to start breeding and raising exotic chickens, ducks, and geese. This dedicated farmer couldn’t stop there and she started to raise sheep. Mildred and Martha were their first two sheep. They grew the flock to 350 sheep then in 1999 they decided it was time to slow down so they sold the farm and moved into Grande Prairie. After a short time in Grande Prairie this adventurous duo decided to buy a motorhome and move into it full-time where they met so many people and made some great friends while travelling around Canada. For ten years this was their life and even while living in the motorhome this sweet farmer continued her passion by breeding canaries inside their motorhome. In 2011 they gave up the RV life so Amy could look after her youngest brother while he battled with cancer. Shortly after Dan passed away Amy and Harvey were off to their next adventure and moved to Edmonton where they lived up until Amy’s passing and Harvey remains.
Amy was a go-getter! She was known for her artistic abilities including many different crafts, quilting, sewing, playing piano and ukulele, you name it she probably tried it. Amy loved to travel and together this jet-setting couple went to several countries around the world meeting more people and making more great friends.
Amy, being the social studies teacher she was, would always keep current in world events and was always prepared to debate a variety of subjects with any of her friends and family.
Although she wasn’t a sports player, Amy was a huge fan of watching sports. She knew almost everything about the Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors plus she really enjoyed watching curling.
Amy is survived by her husband of 64 years, Harvey; her siblings Roy (Jackie) Beaton, Fay Johnson, Glen (Kathy) Beaton; children Roger (Kim) Fontaine, Terry (Cherine) Fontaine, Patty (Daryl) Farnham, and daughter-by-choice Tammie Fontaine; Grandchildren Kevin (Roxie), Ryan (Christelle), Colin, Racine (Vincent), James, and Ben plus her Great Grandkids Sabryna, Leo, April, Kailey, Jameson, and Mila.
The family would like to thank Dr. Collins and her medical team at the U of A Hospital, unit 5D3 for their care while Amy was in the hospital; her trusted family physician, Dr. Warawa and his medical staff at the Care Plus Clinic; plus her caring pharmacist, Mahmoud, and his staff at the Lansdowne Pharmasave.
Harvey and his family are hosting a gathering to remember Amy on Saturday, November 4, between 1:00pm and 3:00pm inside the social room on the 16th floor at 2910 109 Street NW, Edmonton.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.